Terry Britt

  • Research Area: Human perceptions of time, space, and memory through news and other media content; media psychology and media sociology.
  • Entered Doctoral Program: 2015
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TERRY L. BRITT is a third-year doctoral student and teaching instructor in the Missouri School of Journalism and one of the school’s teaching fellows. His research area incorporates media sociology, new media studies, and psychology in examining cognitive, emotive, and sociological processes of engagement with archival media content, including news, advertising, and entertainment media. This research focuses upon the role of new media and digitization of news archives in providing unprecedented levels and avenues of access to individual (episodic) and collective memory, mediated concepts of time and space, and the challenges of preserving the mediated past for future generations. Theories and concepts utilized in this research include collective memory, episodic and autobiographical memory, telepresence, social identity theory, self-perception, gatekeeping, and uses and gratifications.

Prior to his graduate school work, Britt spent nearly 30 years in print and digital journalism, mainly working with weekly and small daily news organizations in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Refereed Publications

  • Britt, T. (2017). Home computing’s halcyon days: Discourse frames in computer magazines in the mid-1980s. The Journal of Magazine Media (under revision for publication February 2018).
  • Britt, T. The news of your youth: Memory and subjective experience of time during major news events. #ISOJ, Vol. 7 (1), Spring 2017.
  • Britt, T. Back and forth in time: Online news archives and presence as transportation. #ISOJ, Vol. 5 (1), Spring 2015.

Presentations and Panels

  • Britt, T. (2017, April). And now…a few words about the news and memory. Presentation at the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas.
  • Panel Member – International Symposium on Online Journalism 2017, Austin, Texas, April 20-22, 2017: “Diving deep into the layers of journalism, the journalism practice and its audiences”
  • Britt, T. (2016, October). Digital media archives as collective memory. Presentation at Dodging the Memory Hole 2016, University of California at Los Angeles.
  • Britt, T. (2016, August). Home computing’s halcyon days: Discourse frames in computer magazines in the mid-1980s. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Panel Member – Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2016 Conference, Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 4-7, 2016, Magazine Division: “Magazines and technology across the eras: Computing, gaming, and digitization”
  • Britt, T. (2015, April). Back and forth in time: Online news archives and presence as transportation. Paper presented at the 16th International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, Texas.
  • Panel Member – International Symposium on Online Journalism 2015, Austin, Texas, April 16-18, 2015: “Influence, consumption, and participation: Paths to news engagement”
  • Britt, T. (2015, May) Another time, another place: Archival media content as constructor of temporal consciousness and collective memory. Master’s thesis on file at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Britt, T. (2014, August). Bringing back the past: New media and archived media content providers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Britt, T. (2013, April). Sounds of a new frontier: Music journalism in the digital age. Paper presented at the annual conference of Alpha Chi Honor Society, Nashville, Tennessee.

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